Extended Stay auction set for May 27-judge

NEW YORK, April 26 (BestGrowthStock) – A judge set May 27 as the
auction date for bankrupt U.S. hotel chain Extended Stay
America [ESAIN.UL], setting the stage for a showdown between
bidders including Centerbridge Partners over who will fund the
company’s reorganization, according to court documents.

A group led by Starwood Capital had agreed to invest as
much as $905 million in Extended Stay as part of a
reorganization proposal to bring the chain out of bankruptcy.
But the company is favoring a rival offer from investment firms
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Proposals must be delivered by May 17, according to court
documents dated Friday.

Extended Stay, the largest owner and operator of mid-price
extended stay hotels in the United States, filed for bankruptcy
protection in June, unable to service more than $7 billion in
debt.

The company was bought in June 2007 by an investor group
led by David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group.

The case is In re: Extended Stay Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy
Court, Southern District of New York, No. 09-13764.

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(Reporting by Chelsea Emery, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

Extended Stay auction set for May 27-judge